Nov 5, 2021 | Hyatt Regency


7:00 PM

Room: Grand Hall G

FEW Spirits – a Decade of Defiance

Paul Hletko

Founder & Master Distiller  |  FEW Spirits  |  BIO

Kyle McHugh

Director of Advocacy  | FEW Spirits  |  BIO

Chicagoland’s own FEW Spirits is celebrating our 10th anniversary this Fall. A decade ago, Founder & Master Distiller Paul Hletko and team set out to do what FEW others were doing – making 100% grain-to-glass spirits in our little distillery tucked down a back alley under the El tracks in Evanston. Flash forward 10 years, FEW is now available in 50 states and over 30 countries, and is known as one of the leading innovators in the whiskey industry today. Join host Kyle McHugh as he welcomes Paul to talk about FEW’s first 10 years, and taste through our amazing lineup up FEW whiskeys, including two extremely limited offerings: our Illinois-exclusive 10th Anniversary four-grain Bourbon, and our new Bottled in Bond Bourbon.

7:45 PM

Room: Grand Hall MN

Rye Renaissance

Bernie Lubbers

National Brand Ambassador  |  Heaven Hill  |  BIO

Heaven Hill Distillery is the only heritage distiller that produces all five styles of American Whiskey. One of those styles, rye whiskey, has been experiencing a renaissance over the past few years, garnering a mix of new and old consumers. Join Bernie Lubbers, Heaven Hill’s National Brand Ambassador, as he walks through the history of rye whiskey and its importance to the overall whiskey category, as well as a tasting of various ryes in the Heaven Hill portfolio, ranging from everyday sippers to super premium offerings.